metropolis

[mi-trop-uh-lis]
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noun, plural me·trop·o·lis·es.
  1. any large, busy city.
  2. the chief, and sometimes capital, city of a country, state, or region.
  3. a central or principal place, as of some activity: the music metropolis of France.
  4. the mother city or parent state of a colony, especially of an ancient Greek colony.
  5. the chief see of an ecclesiastical province.

Origin of metropolis

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin mētropolis < Greek mētrópolis a mother state or city, equivalent to mētro-, combining form of mḗtēr mother1 + pólis -polis, polis
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Related Words for metropolis

downtown, municipality, capital, megalopolis

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British Dictionary definitions for metropolis

metropolis

noun plural -lises
  1. the main city, esp of a country or region; capital
  2. a centre of activity
  3. the chief see in an ecclesiastical province

Word Origin for metropolis

C16: from Late Latin from Greek: mother city or state, from mētēr mother + polis city
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Word Origin and History for metropolis
n.

"seat of a metropolitan bishop," 1530s, from Late Latin metropolis; see metropolitan. Meaning "chief town or capital city of a province" is first attested 1580s, earlier metropol (late 14c.).

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